Join Bravo School of Art and our neighboring Resident Groups within the gates of NTC at Liberty Station‘s Arts and Culture District.
Friday, November 1 from 5 – 9pm
FREE Open Artist Studios,
Galleries and Performances
Every First Friday – Starting at 5pm
NTC @ Liberty Station
2640 Historic Decatur Road,
San Diego 92106
Friday Night Liberty is a monthly first Friday evening of FREE open artist studios, galleries and events throughout NTC at Liberty Station’s Arts & Cultural District. Free parking. Free Admission. The Freedom to explore, wander and enjoy our growing cultural campus.
What is Dia de los Muertos?
The historical roots of the celebration date back to pre-hispanic culture, with the indigenous people of Mexico more than 3000 years. Even then, death has held not a mysterious place in Mexican culture, but one of a realistic recognizable character; as much a part of life as life itself. Dia de los Muertos expresses this lively, friendly, memorable picture. Dia De Los Muertos, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives; although these relatives can’t see them, they can surely feel them.
Traditionally, each family builds an altar, often starting weeks in advance. On top of the altar, ofrenda or offerings are laid out for the dead. These are usually favorite items of the departed for them to enjoy while visiting their family. A Day of the Dead altar is usually arranged on a table top, draped with a cloth, with an arch made of marigolds. Basic elements of altars include:
Candles are lit to enliven the spirits from the darkness.
Marigolds or cempasúchitl, symbolize death. Their strong fragrance is believed to help lead the dead back to their altars.
Incense most commonly, copal incense, is also said to guide the spirits back to their altars.
Salt represents the continuance of life.
Photo and mementos of the deceased from the family.
Sugar skulls As symbols of death and the afterlife, sugar skulls are not only given as gifts to the living during Day of the Dead, they are also placed as offerings on the altar.
|Find unique Dia de los Muertos altars dedicated to children, adults and victims of AIDS.Outside Barracks 15, 16 and 19!|
Barracks 14: See Art, Make Art, Drink Tea
- Ballast Point Gallery — Offers the freshest “finer arts” in painting, jewelry, sculpture and furniture in beautifully staged exhibitions. Our monthly First Friday receptions feature live music, refreshments and engaging interaction with the artists. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm or by appointment.
- The Hot Spot — Having a get together or party? Come to The Hot Spot Studio and socialize while you create! You are welcome to bring food, wine etc. Thursday nights are Wine & Cheese Nights, just bring your wine and enjoy free appetizers all night. Nothing is more meaningful than a gift made by you or your kids. This year, come to The Hot Spot Studio to paint pottery or make candles! Grandparents love hand prints on anything, and we have over 500 pottery pieces to put them on! Plates, platters, bowls, mugs, holiday items, picture frames, banks boxes and much more…Chunky colorful candle making is also a fun and fast way to make your own unique and beautiful gifts. Choose the shapes, colors and scents and take them with you the same day! You don’t have to be a Monet to create a Masterpiece!
Also at Barracks 14: Point Loma Tea
Barracks 15: Meet Artists Working in the Studios!
Anneville Studio — In addition to our usual sterling silver and mokume jewelry, Ame Stanko of Pixel Lava Unplugged will be showing a collection of new Dia de Los Muertos pieces including The Frida Chair, Stick Up!, Cabeza del Fuego, Recuerdo and more. Recuerdo is a 3’x6′ altar celebrating the vibrant pre-destruction life of the Twin Towers. Come visit our community altar and have a taste of Pan de Muertos. Meet the Artist!
The Art of Tesa — This month will feature not only the work of Tesa Michaels; oil seascapes and mixed media and abstracts with semi precious stones where she focus on bringing elements of the earth into her paintings. She is featuring two guest artists; Carlos Castrejon; abstracts and Renee Lawrence; pen and ink. Great eclectic work you will not want to miss. Meet the Artist!
Atelier de Voyages — Adele Richert of Atelier de Voyages will have new works on exhibit for the month of November. Meet the Artist!
- Also at Barracks 15: Brandiose * Yellow Book Road
Barracks 16: Galleries, Museums and Artist Studios
Casa Valencia Galeria Baja —Hosts a show from international artist photographer JIM PLATEL now living in Tijuana and the theme is Living and Death celebrating Dia de muertos at the gallery.
Inspirations Gallery — From Our Own Back Yard: Creations by Members of the Point Loma Artists Association. This exhibition reflects nature, architecture and abstract themes inspired by colors, shapes and textures found in Point Loma or within a day’s drive.
Beauty Hive Studios — Le Red Balloon styling brings the clothing sale of the year! Gently used women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Plus some great fall finds! Stop by for complimentary wardrobe consultations, hairstyling station, refreshments and more!
San Diego Writers, Ink —Waxwords: Encaustics with Color and Text by Josie Rodriguez DimeStories: Bring 3 minutes of your own prose to read to a growing and enthusiastic audience (happening at 8 pm, $5)
Women’s Museum of California — Opening our new historic exhibit VIVA MUJERES MARIACHI 1903- 2013. A historical exhibit of women’s engagement in the male mariachi world in both Mexico and the U.S curated by Leonor Xochitl Perez, Ph.D., mariachi trailblazer Laura Sobrino and Nancy Munoz.
Also at Barracks 16: Boys & Girls Foundation • Melissa Biador Photography • NVWAA
Barracks 19 – Café and Art & Design Studios
FX Dojo — Join us from 7:30pm-9pm for the Tech-Artist User Group Meeting. Featured Speakers include Mark Escobar: Photoshop Painting Tips, Alvin Revilas: Coding Basics, Courtney Tucker: Computer Logic, Otto Lai: Blender 3D Modeling Tricks.
La Onda Arte Latino — Will be featuring works from numerous Latino artists, exploring and celebrating Dias de los Muertos.
June Rubin Studio/Gallery — Turkey Feathers – November is not just about eating turkeys… come enjoy the whimsical June Rubin watercolors and collages. Light refreshments. Meet the Artist here or at the RUBIN Show at Sophie’s Gallery in Building 202.
M Fischbeck Studio/Gallery — Images of Fall. Artwork by M Fischbeck. Florals by Pam Robinson. Community painting. Meet the Artist!
Also at Barracks 19: Bravo School of Art • Swann Soirees • Karen Kohlberg Art • Melissalu Photography
Building 175: Dance Place San Diego
Mandell Weiss Gallery —Presents works by Anita Lewis. “Catching the impression of the moment of the dance, is not unlike my abstract work, which lends a transitioning element to my dancers. With the abstract work, which is inspired by natural elements, I catch the impression of a moment in nature, a blur, a conceptual impression thereof, an idea of it.”
Visit the Jenna Druck Center in Building 202! Participate in an interactive art project inspirited by our very own Children’s Expression Session. Stop by to create your very own Thankful Wreath and learn about our free community programming- helping keep hope alive for over 16 years. Come by to learn more about our Families Helping Families and Spirit of Leadership programs- including our Children’s Expression Session, held every 2nd and 4th Thursday here in Liberty Station! All supplies for this project will be provided. Open to anyone- not just kids! We hope to see you there! Light refreshments will be provided.
The Gallery Building 202
San Diego Watercolor Society — is hosting Show me the Light.
Sophie’s Gallery — The 5th annual exhibition of The Rubins. This annual show celebrates the artistic talents of the Rubin family and the creativity that strengthens their family ties. Come meet siblings June, Harv, and Linda Rubin with their mother Donna Rubin. Proceeds support the art program where sibling Linda Rubin attends classes
Visions Art Museum — Hosts two new exhibitions: C is for featuring Small hand-painted and quilted works from artists Charlotte Bird and Cathy Denton based on words that begin with the letter C and Recent Acquisitions from the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection: A selected survey of recent acquisitions from Del Thomas’ collection of over 200 contemporary quilts.